Sunday, May 5, 2013

Soccer Halftime Snacks

Spring  for us means spring soccer! And during the season each member of their soccer teams is responsible for bringing snacks for one game. For my kids, I decorated cups with their team colors and mascots. I printed out the mascots onto paper and then attached them to the cups with a glue stick. Easy peasy!

My daughter hates orange slices, so I filled the decorated cups with berries. Who can resist berries on a hot spring day?

Here's to many more seasons of fun activities and opportunities to show some team spirit!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fiesta Inspiration

I've been thinking about fiestas today. Since Cinco de Mayo is near and I'm absolutely enamored with the possibility of my newly engaged cousin throwing a fiesta wedding, I thought I'd share a few gorgeous ideas I've seen out there lately.

¡Felicidades Primo! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Phone Case Secret Stash

Today I have a little tip I got from my 13-year-old niece.

Every once in a while I have an event I need to go to where I only need my phone, my ID and a few dollars. In those cases I don't feel like lugging around my purse or wallet, but I often don't feel like I should have my ID or money loose in a pocket.

The solution? Hide my money and ID behind my phone in my phone case.

Seriously, I don't know why I never thought of doing this before, but it's brilliant! I might even hide some spare money in there regularly for emergencies!

Thanks for the tip, Niece!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sketchy Silence

Often I get a little nervous if I suddenly realize my kids have been quiet for a long time. I can never be sure if they are quietly climbing the rickety bookcase upstairs, or if they are taking pictures of themselves in my underclothes, or maybe they are "fishing" in one of our toilets.

Seriously, who knows what they could be up to in all of that... silence?!?

Well, imagine my surprise when my son emerged from the quiet abyss with this:



Maybe I need to leave them alone in their silence a little bit more often.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Store Bag Turned Gift Bag

Sometimes I run out of boxes and gift bags at the worst moments. You know, those times when you completely forgot about the baby shower that shifted around your calendar a few times a month ago and then you suddenly realize that the shower is inexplicably today of all days?

Yeah. That was me today.

Luckily I have a habit of holding onto store bags like the one below.

Take a pretty scrap of paper and cut it into a cute shape large enough to cover the branding on the bag, tape or glue the shape onto the bag, change out the handles with some ribbon, and bam!... Pretty gift bag!

Yep, now my husband can't complain about all of those store bags in the closet.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Star Wars Gift Tag + Wrap

I seriously have a problem. I can't seem to just wrap a gift -- I always have to make it a piece of art. This Star Wars inspired wrap job was no exception.

I based the gift tag design on the invitations I made for my son's party last year. I used a free Star Wars font I found on FontSpace, gold mini brads, a small piece of gold paper and a black card.

Then I wrapped the gift in black glitter wrapping paper I found at Michaels, banded the gift with kraft paper for some contrast, and attached the tag.

Maybe there's some sort of compulsive creative gift wrapping support group out there somewhere...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

2-Minute Princess Leia Costume

What's a girl to do when she finds out her daughter can wear a costume to the Star Wars party she will attend tomorrow morning? Get creative, of course!

My daughter wanted to be Princess Leia for her friend's party. She already had some nice long brown hair to work with, so the side buns were easy. Then I slapped together my 2-minute version of a Princess Leia costume using an old sheet and a metallic belt. My doodle below pretty much sums it up: fold, fold, cut, unfold, belt.

There you go.

I think putting my daughter's hair into buns was the hard part. Seriously, though, who wants to spend a ton of money or time on a costume that your kid will only wear for two hours? Not me, that's for sure!

If you want to do an adult version of this, adjust the sheet dimensions as necessary.

Sheets are awesome!